Bandits didn’t rape or kill three abducted Baptist students – CAN
The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Wednesday debunks reports that a number of the kidnapped students of the Bethel Baptist High School has been defiled and killed by their abductors.
According to the CAN, all the students including the female students were in good condition.
The statement, which was issued by CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, on Wednesday further stated that the only challenge plaguing the distraught parents and other stakeholders was raising the outrageous ransom.
The abductors had demanded N60 million commutative ransom to free the students.
Although Hayab dismissed reports that three of the female students were killed by the bandits, it was learnt On Monday that the bandits demanded N500,000 each from the remaining 120 students.
The CAN Chairman, while reacting to the claim of molestation and killing of the three female students, said the claim was untrue, noting that the parents were in touch with the bandits who had continually reassured them that the children were all safe.
He maintained that negotiation was currently going on between the parents, stakeholders and the bandits over the ransom to be paid before students could regain their freedom.
Hayab wondered why anybody would concoct negative report that three of the female students held by the bandits were raped and killed.
The CAN boss said, "there is nothing like that. We are in contact with the bandits. The girls are doing fine and have not been killed so far. If it is a wish, we pray that wish will never come true.
"The challenge we have now is the demands the bandits are making on us. The ransom is outrageous. But we are negotiating. I can tell you that we have not paid one kobo as ransom apart from the foodstuff we contributed and gave the bandits for the feeding of the children.
"We are appealing that the kidnappers should know that the parents are poor; some of them are jobless and could not even meet the demands of paying school fees.
"The story of the rape and killing of the students by the kidnappers is not true. It is sad. This report started coming in on Saturday.
"We really do not know why someone would sit down in his house and write such a report that the girls were molested and because they refused the allowed them to have the way they were killed."